Always Drink Responsibly

Always drink responsibly. One standard drink of wine is approximately 100ml (3.3 fl oz). The New Zealand Ministry of Health recommends that women consume no more than 2 standard drinks a day, and no more than 10 standard drinks a week, and that men consume no more than 3 standard drinks a day and no more than 15 standard drinks a week (note that this is slightly lower than the limits recommended by the World Health Organisation). The World Health Organisation recommends that women abstain from alcohol during pregnancy. In New Zealand the legal drinking age is 18. Do not drink alcohol if you are under the legal age to do so in your country. It is illegal to drive while under the influence of alcohol.

You should see this disclaimer at the foot of every alcohol-related post I make. It is very important to me that you, as a reader, understand that there are risks involved in excessive alcohol consumption, and what constitutes ‘excessive consumption’. For more information on alcohol-related harm and how to reduce your risk, visit http://www.alcohol.org.nz/.

Not everyone chooses to consume alcohol. One friend of mine doesn’t like the taste. At time of writing, another is pregnant. Another has underlying health issues which make drinking unwise. Another is Muslim. Another has chosen to give up alcohol as part of an effort to improve her overall health. Personally, I love a good glass of wine (or two), but whether you do or not is no-one’s business but your own.

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